Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Scripture: Matthew 28, 1 Thessalonians 1-3

1 Thessalonians 1:2–3 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 3:9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

Observation

Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians begins with thanksgiving, and each chapter is salted with thanksgiving.  

He always thanks God for them as he prays for them and remembers their “work produced by faith, labor prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope in Jesus.”  In Paul’s letters, he almost always mentions thanking God for people in his prayers.

He thanks God continually that they received God’s word and that it is at work in them.  He was grateful that they received and believed, and for the power of God’s word that works in us!

He can’t thank God enough in return for all the joy they bring him.  He truly loves these people and overflows with thanksgiving for them!

Paul’s letters brim over with thanksgiving and gratitude, and he uses words like “always” and “continually” when he talks about giving thanks.  Later in this letter, he’ll write “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.”  

Application

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  We can’t thank God too much!  We have so much to be grateful for, especially if we know Jesus!  So let the thanksgiving flow!  

Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, 

how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Prayer: This is part of a prayer of thanksgiving from a collection of Puritan prayers.

I bless You for the soul You have created, 

For adorning it, sanctifying it,

Though it is fixed in barren soil,

For the body you have given me,

For preserving its strength and vigor,

For providing senses to enjoy delights,

For the ease and freedom of my limbs,

For hands, eyes, ears that do Your bidding,

For Your royal bounty providing my daily support, 

For a full table and overflowing cup,

For appetite, taste, sweetness,

For social joys of relatives and friends,

For ability to serve others,

For a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,

For a mind to care for my fellow-men,

For opportunities of spreading happiness around, 

For loved ones in the joys of heaven,

For my own expectation of seeing you clearly. 

I love you above the powers of language to express.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

Amen